Opinion: 2019 Chili Bowl Nationals Projections And Predictions

Photos from www.chilibowl.com.

With the countdown to the 33rd Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals just about a week away from going green, we thought it was time to peer into our crystal ball and see if there were any visible winners to predict. With six past winners of the event entered, covering the past 14 years – going back to Tracy Hines in 2005 – we don’t see a previous winner taking the Golden Driller this year. It’s also very difficult to see anyone getting past the Keith Kunz Motorsports powerhouse, especially with Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu behind the wheel, but this is the year we see a new winner.

Previous winners already committed to the event are: Christopher Bell (2017,2018), Rico Abreu (2015,2014), Sammy Swindell (1989,1992,1996,1998,2009), Damion Gardner (2008), Tim McCreadie (2006), and Tracey Hines (2005). Tony Stewart and Cory Kruseman could be last minute entries and change the possibilities, but both will likely be watching from the infield.

The tentative roster has been released from the Chili Bowl Nationals event coordinator, and we will provide the rundown night by night as we see it. The entry list is currently comprised of more than 350 entries, with more to come. Those entered into the event come from every motorsport imaginable including NASCAR, IndyCar, off-road trucks, road racers, drag racing specialists, down to the weekly open-wheel racer. Here’s our breakdown of the potential winners that could add the Golden Driller to their trophy case:

Day One, Monday, January 14, 2019

Out of the 69 confirmed entries scheduled to do battle on the opening night, there are several clear favorites. Brad Sweet, Jake Neuman, Tom Harris, Andrew Felker, Logan Seavey, Brady Bacon, and Scott Evans have all faired well in the past. They should have no problem moving forward and finding higher seeded spots in the final night’s alphabet races. One to watch on night one could be the #71K driven by Californian Tanner Carrick, one of the Keith Kunz Motorsports drivers. The 16-year-old Carrick is a sponge, surrounded by amazing talent on Kunz’s team, and finished well in the Gateway Nationals. He is primed to have a breakout moment. While he may not win the event, he may raise some eyebrows.

Logan Seavey is a popular choice coming out of opening night. Another Kunz Motorsports driver, Seavey has spent time with Venturini Motorsports, winning an ARCA race on the dirt at Du Quoin Fairgrounds in a dominating fashion. He has heavy support from Toyota Racing and Seavey winning the Chili Bowl Nationals would surprise no one.

Brad Sweet will be driving the Rusty Kunz #1R entry. Legendary team manager and setup man, Rusty Kunz is fielding two cars this year with 19-year-old rising star Brayton Lynch piloting the #1K. We’d love to see Rusty’s team do well and they are a sentimental choice for anyone that has followed midget racing for any length of time.

Jake Neuman, Tom Harris, Andrew Felker, and Scott Evans are solid performers that should make some races very interesting. Neuman had a solid finish to the 2018 season and is planning on an 80-race season this year, starting with the Chili Bowl Nationals. Britain’s Tom Harris isn’t making a long trip for nothing. Count on this international racer to make his fourth trip to Tulsa a great one. Veteran driver Scott Evans should race his way into the A-main on Saturday night for a shot at the title.

The other entries scheduled for opening night:

P1-Paul White (Waco, TX), 1B-Travis Rilat (Forney, TX), 1NP-David Prickett (Fresno, CA), 1R-Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA), 1Z-Chris Roseland (Carter Lake, IA), 02-Andy Gage (Whiting, IA), 2-Ryan Hall (Midlothian, TX), 2BX-Brett Becker (Odessa, TX), 2WG-Weston Gorham (Colleyville, TX), 3E-Blake Battles (Collinsville, OK), 3N-Jake Neuman (New Berlin, IL), 4C-Riley Kreisel (Warsaw, MO), 4S-Tyler Seavey (Sutter, CA), 4W-Warren Johnson (Mission, KS), 5F-Danny Frye III (St. Peters, MO), 5P-Kyle Craker (Lewisberry, PA), 5V-Jesse Vermillion (Greencastle, IN), 5X-Tyson Hall (Longview, TX), 7H-Noah Harris (Broken Arrow, OK), 7RS-Christopher Larson (Leander, TX), 8-Alex Sewell (Broken Arrow, OK), 8B-Colin Deming (Hobbs, NM), 8JR-A.J. Johnson (Oskaloosa, IA), 8R-Anton Hernandez (Arlington, TX), 09-Timmy Thrash (Gulfport, MS), 9C-Cale Cozad (Wichita, KS), 9P-Tom Harris (Banbury, Oxford), 9X-Paul Nienhiser (Chapin, IL), 10T-Brandon Thomas (Broken Arrow, OK), 10W-George White (Ft. Worth, TX), 10V-Richard VanderWeerd (Visalia, CA), 11A-Andrew Felker (Carl Junction, MO), 11K-Gage Rucker (Truxton, MO), 11M-Justin Melton (Flower Mound, TX), 14X-Jody Rosenboom (Rock Rapids, IA), 15X-Lance Bennett (Aurora, CO), 17J-Jeremy Dockery (Amarillo, TX), 17Z-Zac Moody (Broken Arrow, OK), 19N-Nick O’Neal (Wagoner, OK), 20C-Collin Rinehart (Peyton, CO), 20D-Christopher Dyson (Poughkeepsie, NY), 20S-Shon Deskins (Waddell, AZ), 21B-Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, IN), 22-John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, PA), 29M-Joey Moughan (Springfield, IL), 32T-Trey Marcham (New Castle, OK), 41B-Brad Wyatt (Kearney, MO), 47H-Austin Helt (Jenks, OK), 54-Ray Seach (Beloit, WI), 54W-Matt Westfall (Ludlow Falls, OH), 56A-Travis Young (Casey, IL), 67-Logan Seavey (Sutter, CA), 71K-Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, CA), 74-Luke Hall (Bradford, OH), 74J-Bill Jackson (Bear, DE), 74M-Adam Pierson (East Corinth, VT), 74Z-Zach Merritt (Greely, CO), 76M-Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK), 77C-Cameron Hagin (Broken Arrow, OK), 80-Josh Hawkins (Whitehorse, TX), 81-Colten Cottle (Kansas, IL), 83T-Brad Thomas (Austin, AR), 86C-David Camfield, Sr. (Decatur, IL), 88T-Terry Babb (Decatur, IL), 88W-Dustin Weland (Parker, CO), 91W-Hayden Williams (Auckland, NZ), 99R-Ray Stevison (Long Beach, MS), 118-Scott Evans (Rhome, TX), 130-Larry Bratti (Springdale, AR).

Day Two, Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Everyone’s favorite is scheduled to compete on Tuesday at the River Spirit Expo Center. Kyle Larson will steer the #01 Keith Kunz Spike chassis midget in front of his adoring fans. It’s hard not to like Larson. Joining Larson as favorites on Tuesday night are Zach Daum, and Jonathan Beason. Others that should progress through the evening with no problem are Brayton Lynch, Brian Shirley, Mark Cooper, Tony Bruce Jr., Jesse Colwell, and a very surprising rising star from California, Brody Roa.

Like everyone else on the planet, we expect Larson to put himself into the feature on Saturday. Daum Motorsports is fielding a team of four cars with Zach Daum leading the way. Daum has collected his fair share of Championships and awards in the last four years, it wouldn’t be unthinkable to see Daum challenge for the Golden Driller on Saturday night. Watch for late model star Brian Shirley, who seems to be comfortable in any car with a #3 on the side. It’s difficult to compete with drivers that spend as much time behind the wheel of a midget car, but Shirley has the right amount of skill to compete in open-wheel with anyone.

Brody Roa had a breakout season in 2018 with trips through the midwest testing the waters in the 410 sprint car national tour. Roa battled for the USAC/CRA Championship, coming up just short on the last race of the season. Roa stays busy in race cars all year long racing dirt karts, midgets, and 410 sprint cars. Roa or fellow Californian Jake Swanson, might be the big surprise of the entire event. Swanson is set to compete on Wednesday.   

The other entries scheduled for day two:

00-Tristan Lee (Biloxi, MS), 01-Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA), 1K-Brayton Lynch (Springfield, IL), 02R-Matt Rossi (Peoria, AZ), 2B-Jason Grady (Farmington, NM), 2S-Travis Scott (Goldsby, OK), 2W-Wyatt Burks (Topeka, KS), PE3-Andy Bradley (Bloomington, IN), 3D-Dustin Gilbert (Tonganoxie, KS), 3S-Brian Shirley (Chatham, IL), 4D-Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA), 4F-Chad Frewaldt (Kansas City, KS), 5B-Bobby Brewer (Cabot, AR), 5D-Zach Daum (Pocahontas, IL), 5J-Jeff Crook (Garden City, KS), 7AU-Mark Cooper (Wetherill Park, NSW), 7F-Travis Ashwood (Sapulpa, OK), 7M-Brody Roa (Bueno Park, CA), 7U-Kyle Jones (Kennedale, TX), 8J-Jonathan Beason (Broken Arrow, OK), 9JR-Derek Hagar (Marion, AR), 9U-Doug McCune (Colleyville, TX), 10J-John Hunt (Tulsa, OK), 13-Steve Davis (Norco, CA), 14-Harley Hollan (Tulsa, OK), 15C-Carson Garrett (Littleton, CO), 15L-Merril Lamb (Iola, KS), 15S-Sean McClelland (Tulsa, OK), 15W-Jeff Wimmenauer (Greenwood, IN), 17D-Donovan Wise (Choctaw, OK), 17E-Blake Edwards (Coweta, OK), 17F-Devin Camfield (Decatur, IL), 18-Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS), 19P-Brandon Long (Wichita Falls, TX), 21M-Michelle Melton (Flower Mound, TX), 23X-Billy Lawhead (El Reno, OK), 25S-Frank Flud (Pryor, OK), 27A-AJ Burns (New Castle, OK), 27J-Jake Bubak (Arvada, CO), 27Z-Zane Hendricks (Stillwater, OK), 29-Timmy Buckwalter (Pottstown, PA), 31B-Michael Faccinto (Hanford, CA), 32-Gary Taylor (Snohomish, WA), 35-Sterling Cling (Chandler, AZ), 42-Chris Cochran (McCloud, OK), 44D-Evan Turner (Jacksonville, IL), 44X-Wesley Smith (Nixa, MO), 45-Roger Crockett (Broken Arrow, OK), 45K-Kyle Hammer (Clinton, IL), 46-Kenney Johnson (Bethany, CT), 51M-Slater Helt (Pleasant Hill, MO), 51W-Curtis Jones (Tulsa, OK), 55X-Alex Bowman (Mt. Ulla, NC), 71-Jesse Colwell (Cottonwood, CA), 75-Bryan Stanfill (Bakersfield, CA), 77U-Chris Urish (Elkhart, IL), 84M-Alex DeCamp (Locust Grove, OK), 88A-Andy Michner (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), 88V-Jace VanderWeerd (Visalia, CA), 89-Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK), 91A-Chris Andrews (Sandusky, OH), 94K-Christopher Polvoorde (Hemet, CA), 98B-Joe Boyles (Greenwood, MO).

J.J. Yeley.

Day Three, Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A packed field of talented driversis featured in the middle of the week for the event. Ageless driver Sammy Swindell highlights the field on Wednesday night. We’d be very surprised if Swindell wasn’t in the A-main on Saturday night. He may retire one year, but it ain’t this year. J.J. Yeley, Jeb Sessums, Tim McCreadie, Jason McDougal, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Travis Berryhill, Alex Bright, Blake Hahn, Jake Swanson, David Gravel, Colby Copeland, Tyler Thomas, and Rico Abreu are set to battle for Saturday night seeding. Swindell, McCreadie, and Abreu are previous winners in the event and won’t make things easy for the rest.

Tucker Klassmeyer joins Kunz teammate Abreu as two of the favorites. An interesting member of the Kunz team is also running on Wednesday, Holley Hollan in the #67K. The 16-year-old Hollan is one of the few women drivers in the field. A fourth-generation driver, Holley will be fun to watch and will surprise a few.

One of the teams stepping up their game this year is the Tucker/Boat team. Colby Copeland should give the team a great run on Wednesday. Another legendary team owner, Andy Bondio, will get a chance to put another racer into the history books when Alex Bright takes the track. Bondio owned cars driven by Lealand McSpadden (1991) and Cory Kruseman (2000-2004) have won the Gold Driller.

The other entries scheduled for day three:

0B-Billy VanInwegen (Port Jervis, NY), 00S-Randy Sterling (Morrisdale, PA), 1-Sammy Swindell (Germantown, TN), 1L-Landon Simon (Indianapolis, IN), 2J-J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ), 2ND-Jeb Sessums (Burleson, TX), 2X-Joe Stornetta, Jr. (Napa, CA), 3JR-Jarrett Soares (Discovery Bay, CA), 3W-Brandon Waelti (Sun Prairie, WI), 4M-J.J. Ercse (Orange, CA), 5G-Grady Chandler (Edmond, OK), 5R-Ryan Foster (Anderson, CA), 7HM-Heath Murry (Tonganoxie, KS), 7J-Shawn Jackson (Bear, DE), 08-Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, OK), 8M-Kade Morton (Coweta, OK), 9-Tim McCreadie (Watertown, NY), 9F-Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, CA), 9T-Tyler Shoemaker (Clinton, IL), 11C-Chett Gehrke (Shepherdsville, KY), 12-Billy Wease (Fishers, IN), 13M-Dennis Gile (Glendale, AZ), 14E-Jake Neal (Omaha, NE), 14S-Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, MO), 15M-Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, OK), 16-Joey Parker (Palmer Lake, IN), 16C-David Camfield III (Decatur, IL), 16K-Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA), 17R-Alex Schutte (Redding, CA), 19S-Matt Streeter (Galt, CA), 21X-Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA), 22C-Conor Daly (Indianapolis, IN), 22E-Shane Stewart (Bixby, OK), 22X-Steven Shebester (Pauls Valley, OK), 23P-Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, IL), 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, KS), 28-Kory Schudy (Battlefield, MO), 29A-Davey Ray (Indianapolis, IN), 31-Travis Berryhill (American Canyon, CA), 35X-Tyler Robbins (Collinsville, IL), 44S-Brian Beebe (Blue Springs, MO), 45H-Anthony Pope (Winchester, OR), 47-Alex Bright (Collegeville, PA), 49J-Jim Gardner (Frisco, TX), 50-Daniel Adler (St. Louis, MO), 51A-Zack Madrid (Tucson, AZ), 51G-Garet Williamson (Columbia, MO), 52-Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, OK), 52K-Josh Dyson (Chicago, IL), 55D-Nick Drake (Mooresville, NC), 57D-Daniel Robinson (Mt. Vernon, IL), 67K-Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, OK), 67R-Ryan Smith (Kunkletown, PA), 68W-Jake Swanson (Garden Grove, CA), 73K-Tyler Edwards (Salina, OK), 75X-Mike Griffiths (Melbourne, VIC), 76G-David Gravel (Watertown, CT), 77J-John Klabunde (Ft. Calhoun, NE), 78-Rob Caho, Sr. (Wyoming, MN), 87-Colby Copeland (Roseville, CA), 87F-Johnny Kent (Kiefer, OK), 91-Jeff Stasa (Kingman, KS), 91T-Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, OK), 92-Aaron Reutzel (Clute, TX), 96-Cody Brewer (Choctaw, OK), 97-Rico Abreu (St. Helena, CA), 99P-Dillon Welch (Carmel, IN), 926-Morgan Frewaldt (Tonganoxie, KS).

Day Four, Thursday, January 17, 2019

Oklahoma’s Matt Sherrell, California transplant Thomas Meseraull, along with Tracy Hines, Jerry Coons Jr., Steve Buckwalter, Casey Shuman, Ryan Bernal, C.J. Leary, Chase Johnson, and returning back-to-back champion Christopher Bell will be highlighting the Thursday show.

Bell is an easy choice to pick, having won the past-two Golden Driller awards (along with everything else in sight). However, Bernal is poised to steal some of the glory this year. Bernal has always done well at the Chili Bowl Nationals, and now he has joined Kevin Swindell, a multi-Golden Driller winner. Bernal will be guiding the Kevin Swindell Motorsports #39 Spike Chassis midget. Kevin powered the #39 to four-straight Chili Bowl wins from 2010-2013. This team is certainly one to watch.

Jerry Coons Jr.

Another interesting entry for the Thursday program is young Karsyn Elledge, the granddaughter of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and fourth- generation racer in the Earnhardt family. Elledge also participated in the Tulsa Shootout, coming up light on the scales in the stock non-wing class. She also finished Seventh in the non-wing outlaws, but bounced back in the C-feature and finished Fourth, transferring to the B-feature. In the Winged A class, Karsyn finished Third, showing her ability to race in several classes on the same day, and do well. She should be fun to watch.

The other entries scheduled for day four:

0K-Don O’Keefe, Jr. (Pittsboro, IN), 1A-Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL), 1G-Kyle Cummins (Princeton, IN), 2C-Seth Carlson (Brimfield, MA), 2D-Matt Sherrell (Owasso, OK), 2T-Kaleb Currie (Auckland, NZ), 4T-Anthony (AJ) Valim (Palmer Lake, CO), 5T-Presley Trudson (Kennedy, MN), 6-Bill Rose (Plainfield, IN), 7CH-Critter Malone (Pittsboro, IN), 7D-Michelle Decker (Guthrie, OK), 7JR-J.D. Black (Grain Valley, MO), 7MF-Chance Morton (Coweta, OK), 7R-Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, CA), 7S-Pat Schudy (Springfield, MO), 8K-Robert Spino (Wallingford, CT), 9S-Rick Shuman (Queen Creek, AZ), 10C-Dalton Camfield (Decatur, IL), 11-Tracy Hines (Wilkinson, IN), 11X-Donovan Peterson (Brookings, SD), 15D-Andrew Deal (Caney, KS), 17A-Austin Brown (Belleville, IL), 17B-Ryan Bickett (Romona, SD), 17K-Michael Koontz (Bloomington, IN), 19W-Jake Morgan (Fair Oaks, CA), 21D-Justin Dickerson (Pittsboro, IN), 21K-Josh Lakatos (Pasadena, CA), 22B-Troy Betts (Townsend, DE), 22M-Mike Hess (Riverton, IL), 23-Bryan Salisbury (Fairview, PA), 23S-Kyle Simon (Covington, OH), 24F-Hunter Fischer (Broken Arrow, OK), 25-Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, AZ), 25B-Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, PA), 32D-Casey Shuman (Rattlesnake Bend, AZ), 35L-Cody Ledger (Omaha, NE), 39-Ryan Bernal (Hollister, CA), 45J-Jack Dover (Springfield, NE), 46L-L.J. Lombardo (Danbury, CT), 47X-Danny Stratton (Reading, PA), 49F-Taylor Forbes (Harrisburg, SD), 49X-Justin Fifield (Mesquite, TX), 51-R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ), 51B-Joe B. Miller (Millersville, MO), 55V-C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN), 56X-Mark Chisholm (Cheyenne, WY), 57-Maria Cofer (Macdoel, CA), 57A-Austin Schaeffer (Kansas City, KS), 67F-Kyle O’Gara (Indianapolis, IN), 68-Robby Josett (Costa Mesa, CA), 71R-Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA), 71T-Zac Taylor (Green River, WY), 71W-Christopher Bell (Norman, OK), 72-Craig Oaks (Marshall, TX), 72K-Sam Johnson (O’Fallon, Mo), 73-Dylan Ito (Ventura, CA), 73B-Cole Macedo (Lemoore, CA), 81B-Seth Bergman (Snohomish, WA), 83-Karsyn Elledge (Mooresville, NC), 84S-Shaun Shapel (Wichita, KS), 91B-Bret Barney (Rohnert Park, CA), 92M-Josh Most (Red Oak, IA), 97A-Austin O’Dell (Rochester, IN), 98-Ryan Padgett (Anadarko, OK), 103-Broc Hunnell (Eolia, MO), 222-A.J. Gilbert (Tonganoxie, KS), 321-Chad Winfrey (Gladstone, MO).

Day Five. Friday, January 18, 2019

Friday’s show promises to be another big deal with Tanner Thorson, Justin Grant, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Ace McCarthy, Dave Darland, Justin Peck, Hunter Schuerenberg, Shane Cottle, Chad Boat, and Spencer Bayston joining the party. Add in World of Outlaws star Daryn Pittman, former NASCAR star Kasey Kahne, as well as previous Chili Bowl winner Damion Gardner, and you have a real barn burner.

Gardner is a threat to repeat, coming off a pretty decent year where he was challenged by Brody Roa for his USAC/CRA title. Gardner is feeling the sands of time and making some heroic efforts to capture national awards before it gets too late. Having said that, we are reminded that Sammy Swindell is still racing (and winning) at 63 years of age.

Damion Gardner.

A pair of interesting drivers to watch are Shannon McQueen out of California, and Canadian Skylar Gee, an up and coming ASCS driver. The affable McQueen has long been a fan favorite, especially with young girls, and we expect her to win more hearts in Tulsa again this year. The 19-year-old Gee was the ASCS Rookie of the Year in 2017 and spends a lot of time on the road. He puts a lot of seat time into his career and it has been paying off. He may surprise some this year.

The other entries scheduled for day five:

0-Johnny Murdock (Dallas, TX), 1P-Terry Nichols (Delano, CA), 1S-A.J. Flick (Apollo, PA), 1X-Cody Lampe (Jetmore, KS), 2A-Brent Beauchamp (Avon, IN), 3C-Tanner Thorson (Minden, NV), 4A-Justin Grant (Ione, CA), 4J-Tim Crawley (Benton, AR), 05-Brad Loyet (Sunset Hills, MO), 5S-Kyle Steffens (St. Charles, MO), 7-Shannon McQueen (Tehachapi, CA), 7CG-Jimmy Light (Lizton, IN), 9D-Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, CA), 11G-Mike Goodman (Broken Arrow, OK), 11P-Laydon Pearson (New Castle, OK), 14C-Danny Clark (Plainfield, IN), 14H-Anthony (AJ) Hopkins (Danville, IN), 15H-Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, TX), 18K-Mike Mehl (Portland, OR), 19T-Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, AL), 19U-Pierce Urbanosky (N. Richland Hills, TX), 20-Tadd Holliman (Murray, NE), 21-Daryn Pittman (Owasso, OK), 21R-Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ), 22A-Andy Malpocker (St. Charles, MO), 23L-Lee Lengel (Wellsville, KS), 23M-David Budres (Beloit, WI), 28M-Ace McCarthy (Tahlequah, OK), 31K-Kyle Beilman (Los Angeles, CA), 36-Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN), 37M-Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, CA), 41H-Howard Moore (Memphis, TN), 43-Justin Peck (Monrovia, IN), 44-Don Droud, Jr. (Lincoln, NE), 45L-Carson Short (Marion, IL), 45X-Johnny Herrera (Albuquerque, NM), 47M-Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA), 47W-Dylan Westbrook (Scotland, ONT), 51J-Hunter Schuerenberg (Sikeston, MO), 55K-Nick Knepper (Belleville, IL), 57B-Chase Jones (Greenwood, IN), 67Z-Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA), 68B-Blain Peterson (Essex, IA), 68S-Logan Scherb (Decatur, TX), 71G-Damion Gardner (Concord, CA), 72X-Chris Tarrant (Rockwall, TX), 73X-Shane Cottle (Kokomo, IN), 83B-J.B. Gilbert (Westfield, IL), 84X-Chad Boat (Phoenix, AZ), 86-Mark Lowrey (Concord,  NC), 87C-Danny Smith (Argenta, IL), 88N-D.J. Netto (Hanford, CA), 91K-Kevin Bayer (Bixby, OK), 93M-Scottie McDonald (Porter, TX), 95-Chris Andrews (Tulsa, OK), 95T-Buddy Tubbs (Colorado Springs, CO), 97K-Specer Bayston (Lebanon, IN), 99-Larry Wight (Fulton, NY), 99G-Skylar Gee (Leduc, ALB), 99W-Korey Weyant (Springfield, IL), 101-Chuck McGillivray (Madison, SD), 777-Wayne Crow (Anadarko, OK).

Brad Loyet.

Keep An Eye Open

Currently, there are some obvious missing drivers from the entry list. The most telling sign that something is amiss is the drivers who have previously competed under the Clauson-Marshall Racing banner are not shown in the current lineup. Those spots for Clauson-Marshall cars list the drivers as TBA. Therefore, you can expect to see one or more of these drivers in Clauson-Marshall cars: Chris Windom, Tyler Courtney, Shane Golobic, Donny Schatz, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

If we were hard pressed to pick a winner for this year’s Chili Bowl Nationals, we’d have to say that it is down to about 350 choices right now. Check back with us on Saturday, January 19, 2019, and we’ll probably have a better idea. On Sunday, we will know for certain.

About the author

Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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